Zoo’s Halloween Decor Removed After Critics Say It Resembles Lynching

St. Louis Zoo officials removed a Halloween ghost display after some viewers called it offensive, saying the exhibit resembled slave lynchings.

The Halloween ghost display in question featured about 10 ghosts with black faces hanging from tree branches at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, according to Fox 2 Now. A photo of the display was posted on the St. Louis Zoo official Facebook page, prompting several Facebook users to comment that the scene, installed for the zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween event, resembled slaves being lynched.

“It was like a complete outrage to me, it was very hurtful,” Chris Burchett, a zoo patron, told KMOV. “The picture appeared to be African-American people hanging from a rope.” Adding, “That’s a no brainer. It’s impossible that you could not see that that’s racist you know, there’s no way.”